UNION CITY — South Adams started its sectional push this past Saturday, with a 53-47 decision over Union City at the Indians' gym. It was the fifth win of the season for Ryan Biegel's Starfires.
The Stars will host a sectional and will play Bluffton in a five-team tourney at the Stardome. Adams Central will play in the semi-finals against Bishop Luers.
All four quarters were tight this past Saturday with South Adams holding a slight edge in all of the first three periods for a 34-28 lead before both teams went on an offensive splurge in the final eight minutes with 19 points apiece.
South Adams held its largest lead of the game at 24-13 but Union City hit the final three hoops of the period to cut the margin to five at half at 24-19. The final tie of the game came at 11-11 in the second period but Dustin Wanner, who scored a game-high 25 points for the Starfires, netted a hoop at 6:21 and South Adams never trailed after that point.
Wanner was particularly effective from two-point range hitting 8-10 on the night and was a perfect 6-6 from the foul line. He added five assists as well to lead South Adams in that category as well.
Another unusual performance for South Adams came from Trevor White who played for nearly 24 minutes and didn't score a single point but managed to pull down 13 rebounds, all on the defensive end. Scott Hoeppner knocked down 11 points for Coach Ryan Biegel's team to hit twin digits.
South Adams shot well from the field hitting 44 percent on 20-46 while holding Union City to just under 33 percent on 20-61.